Welcome Back Letter

Welcome Back Letter from Dr. Winslow
Posted on 08/02/2018
welcome back

THS Students and Families

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited at THS to start the new school year.  Here are a few important dates, times and reminders for you.

18-19 Schedules

August 3rd - Students should receive their schedules, locker assignments, and combinations via email on August 3rd.  Please print these schedules out at home and bring them to open hallways and the first day of school.

School Pictures/Open Hallways

August 6th - 4-8pm (Juniors and Seniors), parking permits*
August 7th - 4-8pm (Freshman and Sophomores) - same day as Link Crew, parking permits
August 8th - 4-8pm (Any HS grade level), pick up 17-18 yearbook, parking permits
*please note parking permits will be determined by a lottery system this year as indicated below for numbered parking spots.

Student Pictures

High school students will be required to come in to take their yearbook/ID photo on one of the following dates:
  • August 6th: 4pm-8pm (Juniors and Seniors),
  • August 7th: 4pm-8pm (Freshmen and Sophomores),
  • August 8th: 4pm-8pm (Any HS grade level).
Middle school students will not have their pictures taken at the high school during these times. Senior photographs for the yearbook may be taken on August 6th or August 8.

Open Hallways/School Supplies

Students will be have access to their academic locker on August 6th, 7th, and 8th from 4pm-8pm.  Feel free to have your child test out their locker combination and place necessary school supplies in their lockers before the first day of school.  The high school does not send out a school supply list that students are required to purchase before the first day of school.  Teachers will let your child know what materials they will need for each class during the first week of school.  A good starting point is to have loose-leaf paper, binders, folders, pencils, and pens that will help with the initial days of school.  It is also suggested that students purchase some type of agenda that they may use to keep track of their assignments.  The school will not be providing agendas to students.  If students are unable to come in during the Open Hallways event, they may access their lockers during summer office hours of 7:30am-2:30pm, Monday through Friday, starting on August 6th.

Parking Permits

The parking spots have been numbered over the summer. As a result, students will be assigned a parking permit for the 18-19 school year. To accommodate this change, parking permits will be sold in the high school office from 4-8 pm on a lottery system starting in the B lot and then moving to the C and D lot.
  • August 6th- Juniors and Seniors 
  • August 7th- Sophomores
  • August 8th- Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
To access your parking permit application, please click this Parking Application link. Have the application completed prior to coming into the high school office to purchase a permit. Students will be allowed to drive to school without a parking permit until Monday, August 27th.  Students will be required to have their parking permit by this day and park in their required parking spot. Students will not receive a warning if parked inappropriately after this date. Please note that ring road parking has been eliminated.  Students can only park in a numbered location.  Students without a parking permit will be allowed to park in the designated area of the D lot.  These students MUST sign their vehicle in at the office and pay a dollar. 

2017-2018 THS Yearbook

If your child ordered a 2017-2018 THS yearbook, they may pick it up on August 8th between 4-8pm in the cafeteria.  Yearbooks not picked up on this date may be picked up from Ms. Amen in room 133 after the beginning of school. 

Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation will take place on August 7th at the High School from 8 to noon through our Link Crew Program on August 7th.  More information about the program may be found by following the Link Crew link.

Fall Sports Tryouts

Fall Sports Tryouts will start during the week of August 7th.  Please access the following Fall Sports Tryouts link for more information from our athletic department.

First Day of School

The First Day of School will be August 16th. This year we will follow our normal school day hours of 8:05AM-2:35PM. Students will receive their ID card with their new picture and bar code prior to the lunch period.

ID Photo Retakes

Students who would like their ID picture re-taken or who didn't get their pictures taken in early August will be able to take their picture during homeroom/lunch on the 2nd day of school, August 17th.

Cafeteria Payments

Triad offers parents the ability to manage their child's meal account balances through an online management service called Pay Schools Central. This service benefits students, parents and the school cafeteria. Management of your child's account through this online service will ensure that they never have to worry about carrying cash for lunch purchases and having the money with them at the start of lunch service.  Using the Pay Schools Central service, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child's account, view their child's account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child's account, set up e-mail notifications when their child's account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. Payments processed before 8 p.m. should post to the student's account the next morning, in most cases.  Please contact your child's school for their ID number at 667-5409.  More information about  this service is described on the District website. An alternative approach is to provide your child with cash/check to give to a cafeteria cashier to be added to their lunch account.  Money on your child’s account will be associated with the bar code on their school ID that they receive on August 16th. Updated school lunch prices are listed on the following District website page

Bus Schedules

New bus schedules will be posted in PlusPortals. Freshmen and new students will not have access to PlusPortals and will need to rely on a separate email sent to all parents indicating their child’s bus number, location pickup, and time.  As routes are being finalized, this email will be sent by Friday, 8/10.

Required Vaccinations for Seniors

Below are the new STATE OF ILLINOIS VACCINE REQUIREMENTS 2018-2019 for grade 6 and grade 12 students:
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (protects against bacterial meningitis, a rapidly progressive and life- threatening disease)
  • 6th graders: ONE dose of MCV4 on or after the 11th birthday
  • 12th graders: TWO doses of MCV4 with the second dose given on or after the 16th b-day or ONE dose on or after the 16th b-day.
You will need to contact your primary care physician this summer so that your child has received TWO doses of MCV4 on or after their 16th birthday.  Please ask your physician to provide the school nurse with the necessary paperwork verifying that your child has received the vaccine.  If a senior has not received their vaccine before 9/15/18, they will be excluded from attending school.

Incoming Freshmen - PHYSICALS

All incoming ninth grade students must have a physical with up-to-date immunizations on the required State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form. Physicals completed on a summer camp form, IHSA sports physical form or any other physician’s office form will NOT be acceptable. A 9th grade physical will suffice as a sports physical for the year but you should make additional copies for yourself,  the coach and for the nurse at registration.  Call to schedule your appointment early in the summer as they book quickly.  Physical exams are due September  15, or 30 days from enrollment if new to the district.  Failure to submit the Physical Exam will results in exclusion from school.

Incoming Freshmen - CALCULATORS

Students taking Algebra I and Honors Geometry next year will need to purchase a TI-84 graphing calculator for class.  The price of a TI-84 is about $120, but this calculator will last your student for his/her entire four years at THS.  If you are interested, a TI-84 can be found economically using the following methods:
  • Ebay/Craigslist  (as of mid-May, a TI-84 cost about $55 on Ebay).
  • Supply stores usually run specials the first few weeks of school (Target and Office Max specifically).
  • For those who need financial assistance, the THS Math Department has a calculator rental program where a student may rent a calculator for $25 per year.  The Math Department only has a limited number of calculators to rent, so please use this method only if your family really needs assistance.
There are many types of TI-84 calculators on the market (TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Silver, TI-84 Color).  The Math Department has no specific model recommendations, so feel free to save some money with the cheaper models.   Students taking Plane Geometry next year can still use a scientific calculator for that class and do not need to purchase a graphing calculator yet.  

Please continue to check our website: www.triadhs.org for the latest information concerning announcements and events.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the high school. 

Sincerely,

Rodney Winslow, Ed.D.
Triad High School Principal
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